Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 13, 1976 · Page 9
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 9

Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, March 13, 1976
Page 9
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Sat.,March 13,1976 G R K E L K Y (Colo.) T R I B U N E J ALEUT AND CURIOUS -These coyote pups venture from their den -- alert and curious. Though hunted as varmints since the West was opened, coyotes have proved adept at survival. Victory eludes both sides in war between man, coyote After more than a century of guerrilla warfare with the coyote, western ranchers see no light at the end of the tunnel. Blesswl with an uncanny ability to survive, the wily coyote has withstood traps, old- f a s h i o n e d p o i s o n s , sophisticated modern poisoning devices, and gunfire from foot, horseback, and the air. Sheepmen claim that since the federal government restricted use of poison, coyotes have ravaged their flocks during the lambing season. Conservationists counter by saying the coyote threat is greatly exaggerated and more objective information is needed. The controversy was explored on a National Geographic Society television special, "The Animals Nobody Loved," a show which also dealt with two other unpopular animals, rattlesnakes and wild horses. Ranchers may condemn the coyote's catiny habits, but i!s lack of fussiness helps it survive. A coyote's favorite food is anything it can chew. An old Western saying goes: "Nobody ever saw a coyote starve to death, and nobody eversawafatone." A royote will eat plants and insects but prefers mice, rats, squirrels, gophers, and other rodents. Ever adaptable, the coyote has turned some the man's inventions to his own advantage. After a heavy snowfall, for instance, a coyote will follow a snowplow, ready to pounce uii bun uv,ing field mine and other prey the plow uncovers. Praising coyotes, one naturalists said: "If we didn't have these so-tailed varmints, America would wade in a sea of rabbits." A few years ago Rocky Mountain cattlemen found that their all-out war against coyotes and other predators had turned their ranches into vast gopher preserves. On [he other hand, a young coyote sometimes will plunge right into an entire flock of sheep looking for a meal. Experts say that if he is successful, he will develop a taste for Iamb and continue to prey on sheep. A Colorado wool grower agrees, saying: "If the coyotes weren't bothering us, we wouldn't be spending thousands and millions of dollars to kill a poor little animal that wasn't bothering us." A member of the dog family, coyotes are about three feel long, including a bushy !5 ir.rh tail, and weigh from 20 to 40 pounds, a third or less the weight of their cousin the wolf. A coyote combines hair- trigger reflexes with superbly sensitive eyes, ears, and nose, plus swiftness afoot. Coyotes have been clocked running at more than 40 miles an hour. The animals live up to their scientific name, Cams la trans, or barking dog. They love to give voice, in signal or after making a kill. Sometimes several meet in a circle for no apparent reason other than to Snow geese like U.S.-Russ detente If snow geese had Iheir way, detente would be here to stay. For centuries, these beautiful waterfowl have been flying between breeding grounds in northeast Siberia and wintering places in British Columbia, Washington, and California. But in the last few years freezing weather and hungry Arctic foxes have reduced a population of 120,000 birds to less than half in their only Soviet nesting place -- Wrangel Island. The lonely Russian island lies in the East Siberian Sea about 500 miles from Alaska. The geese also nest in Canada. United by concern over the snow geese, scientists from both the Soviet Union and the U.S. have joined forces in studying the first. The project is one of the first cooperative field efforts carried out under the U.S.-USSR Agreement for Cooperation in the Field of E n v i r o n m e n t P r o t e c t i o n reached by the two countries in May 1972. Supported by the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Trofessor William J. L. Sladen of Johns Hopkins University coordinates the U.S. snow goose studies. In collaboration w i t h the Soviets, Americans, and Canadians, Sladen worked out protocols for coded color neck- EVANS FURNITURE SELLS FOR LESS bands to identify individual birds. "The relatively small population of Wrangel birds, which (he Soviets agreed to dye red, mingles with much larger numbers of snow geese winging into North America from the Canadian Arctic," says Sladen who recently became the first American to visit the Russian island. "The neckbands and dye enable us to follow individuals so we can find out the best places to protect the Wrangel geese." The Soviets began their snow goose identification program on Wrangel in the summer of 1974 by dying 200 birds red and fitting 178 others with orange neckbands. About a third of the banded and dyed snow geese later were resighted in the U.S., arousing curiousity of Canadian and American hunters and birdwatchers. "The Soviets hope that every effort will be made to protect these migratory birds during their winter visits to North America so that as many as possible will return to bolster an aging population," Sladen added. SWIPE me miracle cleaner LETS laundry soap ANDERSON S E E D CO. 714 10th St. 353.0U8 IBSON'S DISCOUNT CENTER 3635 W. 10th St., SALE ENDS AT GREELEY 6:00 P.M. SUNDAY, Open Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MADru Open Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. mAKV.fl RED HOT WEEKEND SPECIALS HEALTH AND BEAUTY AIDS GIBSON'S PETROLEUM JELLY 10 oz. 2/99* LISTERINE Antiseptic $1 17 32 01. · APEPIO- BISMOL 87* Peptc? 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